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FG Reiterates Commitment For National Gender Inclusiveness

Posted: Mar 8, 2016 at 4:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mrs Aisha Alhassan, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, on Monday, said the Federal Government would ensure that national processes on gender analysis were inclusive.

Alhassan said this in Abuja at a one-day pre-delegate’s departure meeting on the 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Part of activities to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with the theme ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’ would be the session to hold in New York from March 14 to March 24.

The minister added that gender equality would not be achieved if the contributions of civil society organisations (CSOs) were not considered.

She noted that “my ministry will continue to ensure that national processes on gender analysis are inclusive.

“Full participation and contribution by women CSOs will be important to strengthen the process.

“I call on development partners and women organisations to support national mechanisms for gender equality.

“I urge you to strengthen national and decentralised planning, policy coordination, implement plans and projects, monitor progress on commitments across sectors and hold duty bearers to account.”

The minister, however, observed that national gender equality mechanisms in the country and beyond were characterised by limited technical and strategic capacity, decision making power and recognition within the government.

She added that they typically lacked the necessary financing, staffing and capacity to exercise their mandate effectively.

She noted that strong coordination with CSOs, especially women advocacy and human rights groups would be indispensible for gender responsive documentation for 2030 Agenda.

She added that their goal in promoting, informing, influencing policies, participating in monitoring and accountability of the government processes were required to achieve gender equality in the country.

According to her, the country’s national implementation efforts should benefit from the experience and leadership of all women’s rights equality advocates which include trade unions, community associations, national parliaments and cooperatives.

She then appealed to the partners to ensure full commitment and contributions to the national gender processes at national and state levels.

In addition, she urged the delegates to support “non-discriminatory” agenda at the 60th session on the UN CSW for the advancement of women and girls in the country.

The minister enjoined the delegates to ensure that they exhibited the change mantra of the government while in New York, adding that the global community would be observing them.

“We must work hard and be coordinated in a manner that will influence and sharpen discussions, decisions for effective gender mainstreaming and programming.

“Our priority as a country shall be focused on institutional arrangement of gender equality and women empowerment, capacity building, strengthening policy and women empowerment, financing for gender equality and women empowerment in 2030 Agenda.”

Alhassan said the ministry would continue to work toward localising the 2030 agenda in full policy coordination and gender mainstreaming across all sectors and ministries.

She added that the ministry would also ensure accountability and gender disaggregated data provided for, to create conducive environment for women empowerment, advanced policy and legal reforms, as well as enhanced partnerships among stakeholders.